Part Design Course

AIM’s Part Design Development Course is structured to improve your ability to design for manufacturability and for performance over your product’s lifespan.



What Will I Learn?

Part Design begins with a review of fundamental plastic material characteristics – including shrink and warp – that are essential in understanding the complexities of both mechanical and dimensional performance.

Next, we will discuss common plastic part design guidelines and why these guidelines exist so that attendees understand the consequences of deviating from, and in some cases abiding by, those guidelines.

We then dive into strategies you can use when designing for mechanical performance, covering topics including stress, strain, and modulus. This is followed by education on the impact that time, temperature, moisture, strain, and stress concentrations have on the final part design.

We incorporate practical applications, including snap fits, press fits, and beams, into the course to bolster the attendee’s opportunity for learning.

Part Design concludes with a discussion on the key aspects of part cost estimation and methods for quickly evaluating cost based on the performance properties vs. the traditional method of dollars per pound.


How Long Is the Course?

The Part Design Development Course is two days long.


Who Should Attend the Part Design Development Course?

This course will be helpful for anyone involved in the part design process who wants to improve their ability to design for manufacturability.


How Much Is it?

The registration fee includes all course materials and breakfast and lunch each day.

  • Erie, PA: $1,300
  • Raleigh, NC: $1,575

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How Do I Register?

Review the course dates in the table below, and click on the Purchase button to begin the registration process.

*Please note that Part Design is presented in English only. Students should be fluent in understanding, reading, and writing English in order to attend.


Is There a Course Outline?

Yes! Here is a detailed list of topics that will be covered:

• Key performance characteristics of amorphous and semi-crystalline materials
• Molecular weight and its effect on performance properties
• Crystallinity and its effect on material properties
• Classifications of plastic shrinkage
• Advantages & disadvantages of common part design guidelines
• The impact the part design has on mold complexity and cost
• Mechanical properties of stress, strain, modulus
• Time dependent behavior of creep, stress relaxation, and fatigue
• Environmental impacts of temperature and moisture
• Labs: snap fits, press fits, and beams.
• Methods for estimating part costs

Available Course Dates

**Due to COVID-19, capacity for all in-person courses has been reduced. As such, payment for all in-person courses must be received prior to the start of the course.

Part Design is also available ONLINE!

Upcoming Courses at AIM

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Jun 15 - 16, 2022 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
Nov 03 - 04, 2022 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)

Take two Development Courses back-to-back!
Sign up for Part Design and our Injection Molding Development Courses from May 10-13, August 9-12, November 8-11.

There may be grant funding available to help you pay for our Development Courses. Learn more.


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